It promised to be a very solid matchup but it proved anything but Novak Djokovic easily cruised past Kokkinakis 6-1 6-4 6-2. With yet another strong performance at Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic is through to the third round. This performance was against a rival who might have presented him with some difficulties.
Although Kokkinakis had all the necessary skills to succeed on grass, Djokovic comfortably defeated him today and didn’t even have to exert much effort. When he made his initial serve, Thanasi Kokkinakis was extremely consistent throughout the entire game.
“I’m very happy with my performance today”- Novak Djokovic
Djokovic mainly gorged when Kokkinakis missed his first serve. It was never going to work against Djokovic since the serve was inconsistent and the forehand was at best iffy. Only 9 of Kokkinakis’ 31 points were won after he missed his first serve, and that made all the difference in the sets. The Australian only slightly improved in the second set, but it was still insufficient.
Djokovic took an early 3-0 lead in the first set and never looked back, winning it 6-1. Although the second set was extremely close, Djokovic simply kicked things up a notch when he needed the break to win it 6-4. The final set, which ended in a swift 6-2 decision, was once again impressive.
After the match, in his on-court interview, Novak Djokovic said, “I’m very happy with my performance today. I thought I started off very well, very solid from the back of the court, made him work for every point that I managed to get his serve back in play. I tried to work him around the court, bring a lot of variety in the game.”
“It was not easy to serve because of the wind, it was very swirly today on the court, so tough to toss the ball. But I think from my side overall, a really high-quality performance and I’m very pleased. I must say that I’m quite pleased with the way that I raised the level of tennis in two days. Hopefully, I can keep that trajectory, keep getting better as the tournament progresses. I’m obviously just thinking about the next challenge and hopefully, things will get better and better,” the Serb added.